November 3-19, 2017
Presented in partnership with The Montford Park Players
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective & The Montford Park Players
present Othello by William Shakespeare
Nobody does “tragic hero” like the Bard himself. And no hero is quite so tragic as Othello, the Moor of Venice—whose own jealousy, gender biases, and insecurities cause far more damage than the manipulative meddling of the villainous Iago.
For its final show of 2017, Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective is teaming up with the Montford Park Players to present Othello at the BeBe Theatre—and, in keeping with the latter’s “free Shakespeare for everyone” policy, the show will be, well, free for everyone. (Donations will be graciously accepted.)
If that surprises you, considering Different Strokes’ usual fare of contemporary, socially relevant material, consider this: Shakespeare had quite a lot to say about racism, and what it’s like for a person of color to navigate a white man’s world. And whether it was intentional or not, Othello also provides a stunning example of gender prejudice. These issues are certainly still relevant in 2017, as much if not more so than they were during Othello’s first production in November 1604.
Othello features: Stephanie Hickling Beckman, Ian Patrick Mendes,Trinity Smith Keel, Devyn Ray, Jon Stockdale, Jason Williams, Philipe Coquet, John Mendenhall, Sonia D’Andrea, and Daniel Henry, and runs, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, November 3rd – 18th. In keeping with MPP’s free Shakespeare model, tickets are free to the public, however donations are accepted. Due to limited seating, reservations MUST be made in advance, just click on the “Reservations” link below, and follow the prompts. Facilitated Post Show Discussions follow performances.